Duncan Heather is one of Europe’s foremost garden designers, to-date having won five gold, one silver & one bronze medal and three best of show awards for his design work. Duncan sat on the SGD council from 2004-7 during which time he was responsible for producing the first industry standard fee scale as well as instigating the publishing of the first standard contract.
Press Release Tickets are on sale for this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend - a highly anticipated event in the capital’s cultural calendar, and London’s biggest garden visiting weekend. Organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust, this event, now in its’ 20th year, highlights the significant social, cultural, environmental and economic contribution that gardens, squares and green spaces make to the capital and its inhabitants. With 237 gardens confirmed for 2017, a record number for the event, visitors will have the unique opportunity to discover and explore some of London’s most [...]
10 tips on how a garden can add value to you property. Gardens have become a lot more than places to grow plants and vegetables. They have become spaces for rest and relaxation; an oasis or retreat from the pleasures or everyday life. They now act as an extension to the living environment of our homes, where plants now take a back seat or may not exist at all. As land prices increase, houses get larger are gardens are becoming smaller. Now the average suburban courtyard in no bigger than the typical drawing room. One should invest the same amount of thought and expense on decorating their outside [...]
Designing with nature requires the designer to develop heightened awareness, not just of suitable plants for a specific location, but of climate, prevailing wind direction, exposure, aspect, gradient, soil type, indigenous vegetation, geology, threats from animals domestic and wild and the site’s general ambience and atmosphere. [...]
Creating a Balance of Horticulture and Ecology The enemies of wild life gardens are mainly domestic: cats, dogs and indifferent humans who may have no interest in preserving a balanced eco-system. However wildlife gardens have enormous educational value for adults and children as long as nature is not allowed to reclaim the entire garden. Explore ideas with your clients. Even if they are initially cautious it should be possible to have them agree to create at least one small wild area within or at the edge of the garden. Start with one or more small areas of lawn in a sunny [...]
The Garden Defined This question is so fundamental to learning about design that it is worth looking at the instant image in your mind's eye of a garden. I believe that on this design learning curve you will shed many of your pre-conceptions and open your mind and your eyes to a myriad of new and exciting possibilities. Gardens have been created all over the world for many hundreds of years, arising from many different cultures. They have served and continue to serve a multitude of purposes including the provision of shade, cool air and the conservation of water in desert climates, [...]